FAQs

General Inquiries

I have questions about my education requirements. Who do I contact for help?

You may contact the REALTOR® Academy staff at 210-593-1275 or info@realtoracademy.com.

What are your hours of operation?

Classes are held 7 days a week including evenings. If you need to contact an advisor, the office hours for the REALTOR® Academy are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Do you offer night classes?

Yes, we have a selection of courses offered in the evenings from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

How do I get my books?

We offer digital or printed course materials. For pre-licensing and SAE courses you must pick up your books 2 days prior to the class start. eBooks will be sent out one day prior to the start of class if required, as well as digital course materials. 

How far in advance do I need to register for class?

For pre-licensing and SAE classes, students must register 2 days prior to class start to be admitted. For CE and other courses, students may register up until the day and time of the class, pending availability.

What happens if I have to miss a class?

Contact the REALTOR® Academy staff and we will work with you to find a solution.

What are my payment options?

The REALTOR® Academy accepts cash, check, and credit card. Full payment is required for admittance.

Why should I choose the REALTOR® Academy?

The REALTOR® Academy has a wide variety of classes, is affordable, and the instructors are active industry professionals with first-hand experience.

How do I reschedule dates for a class I signed up for?

Contact the REALTOR® Academy staff at 210-593-1275 and we will help you reschedule.

Do you ever cancel your classes?

Classes may change due to enrollment level and extenuating circumstances.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

For pre-licensing classes, a full refund will be applied to any registrant who has paid tuition and canceled prior to 2 business days of a course. A refund, less a $30 service fee will be applied within 2 business days of a course. Students withdrawing from a course after class begins will receive a partial refund of 50% of the tuition. Requests for refunds shall be made no later than 1 business day from cancelation. 

For regular CE courses, a full refund or credit will be made/applied to any registrant who has paid tuition and canceled or reschedules prior to two business days of the class. A refund, less a $10 service fee will be applied to any registrant who cancels or reschedules within two business days of the class. There are no refunds for same-day cancelations (day of class) or for partial attendance. 

For Designation and Certification courses, a full refund or credit will be made/applied to any registrant who has paid tuition and canceled or reschedules prior to two business days of the class. A refund, less a $50 service fee will be applied to any registrant who cancels or reschedules within two business days of the class. There are no refunds for same-day cancelations (day of class) or for partial attendance. 

Any course/class may be canceled at the discretion of REALTOR® Academy staff. In the event of cancellation, all fees paid will promptly be refunded in full or will be applied to another class at the registrants’ discretion. 

Is your school approved?

Yes, we have been approved for over 40 years. The REALTOR® Academy is a Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) approved education provider and is approved under provider numbers 0008 and 4516.

If I am licensed in another state, does that transfer here?

To hold a Texas real estate license you must be licensed in the state of Texas and meet Texas licensing requirements. If you are interested in transferring your license to Texas please contact us at 210-593-1275 for more information.

What is the difference between Pre-Licensing, SAE and CE courses?

Pre-Licensing courses are required to obtain your Texas real estate license. There are a total of six classes you need to complete to qualify to take the real estate licensing exam.

SAE (Sales Agent Apprentice Education) is required within the first two years of obtaining your Texas real estate license.

CE (Continuing Education) courses are required to maintain your license or work toward a broker’s license. Agents are required to take a total of 18 CE credit hours every two years.

How do I register for a class for the first time?

To register for classes for the first time, you may enroll online or call the REALTOR® Academy at 210-593-1275.

How do I take online classes?

The REALTOR® Academy has a full offering of pre-licensing, SAE, and Continuing Education courses available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please visit realtoracademy.com/online to view and sign up for our online courses.

Pre-Licensing

How do I get my real estate license?

To obtain your real estate license, you must complete six Pre-licensing courses as well as pass the state and national licensing exams. You must also apply for your license through the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC).

How long does it take to get my real estate license?

Depending on your schedule, using our Xcelereated Learning program you can complete your classes in as little as 3 weeks!

How much does it cost to get my license?

The REALTOR® Academy offers a six-course bundle, including required textbooks, for $900. There will also be approximately $300-$400 in state and licensing fees.

How long do I have to complete my courses?

We recommend that you complete all six licensing courses as quickly as you can to be successful in passing your state and national exams. Each course, however, must be completed within 90 days.

Can I take courses concurrently?

According to the Texas Real Estate Commission, students may only take 12 hours of qualifying education in a 24-hour period. It is possible to be enrolled in multiple classes at one time as long as the 12 hour requirement is adhered to.

Do I have to take classes in a certain order?

No, the REALTOR® Academy allows students to take classes in any order.

Do you offer any discount if I purchase all six pre-licensing courses together?

Yes, we offer a bundle for $900, this is a $60 savings.

What type of exam prep do you offer?

The REALTOR® Academy offers an online exam prep called Exam Prep Edge that comes with a pass or don’t pay guarantee!

What is the format of the courses?

The REALTOR® Academy offers instructor-led courses (in-person or virtual) and self-paced online courses.

When will my course be reported to the state?

For continuing education courses, the REALTOR® Academy submits course completion to TREC within 10 days. Pre-licensing and SAE courses are reported by the student by sending the course completion certificates to documents@trec.texas.gov.

Do I have to take an exam at the end of each course?

All pre-licensing and SAE courses require exams with a minimum score of 70%. Most CE and Designation courses do not require an exam.

Can I take my courses online?

Yes, the REALTOR® Academy offers a wide variety of online courses. Visit realtoracademy.com/online to see our selection.

When are classes offered?

The REALTOR® Academy offers weekday, weekend, night and online classes.

What is a passing score on course exams?

A 70 is required to pass course exams.

What is the passing score for the licensing exam?

A 70 is required to pass the licensing exam.

How long is the licensing exam?

The Texas real estate exam has 40 questions and will take approximately 90 minutes. The sales agent national exam is 150 minutes, including 85 questions.

Getting Started in Real Estate

What does a typical day for a real estate agent look like?

There is no typical day for a real estate agent, which is one of the reasons many enjoy the business so much. Agent tasks vary day to day but may include meeting prospective clients and showing homes, overseeing repairs to a listed property, working closely with a lender to complete a transaction, managing contracts and answering questions from first-time buyers.

What is the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®?

A real estate agent is a person who holds a real estate license. A REALTOR® is a real estate agent who has subscribed to the Code of Ethics through membership in the National Association of REALTORS®. They are a member of the local, state and national associations.

What is the difference between a salesperson and a broker?

A salesperson is a person who holds a real estate license. A broker is a person who has taken higher education and is allowed to sponsor agents to perform real estate transactions.

How do I find a sponsoring broker once I’m licensed?

We recommend visiting multiple brokerages to find out which office works best for you. The REALTOR® Academy is happy to provide questions for you to ask while interviewing prospective brokers.

How will I make money as a real estate agent?

Typically, real estate agent income is based on commission.

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